Quick Notes: McCain's Cancer, Obama and the Jews

The right-wing talking heads have been whispering to American Jews that they can’t trust Senator Barack Obama. “Barack Obama doesn’t really support Israel,” they say. They have taken Obama’s statement on speaking with our enemies to mean that Obama would speak with Hamas, although he has never said that. Well, today Obama was in Boca Raton, Florida where tried to put all of these fears to rest. Obama promised an “unshakable commitment” to Israel. He was also hoping that his presidency can repair some of the damage in African-American and Jewish-American relationship. These problems date back to Jesse Jackson’s ill thought out statements over 25 years ago.

Finally, although it has been rumored for months, tomorrow is the day that Senator John McCain is suppose to release his medical records. Back in 2000, McCain was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma of the face and arm. Were these two separate lesions? Was one lesion a primary and the other a secondary or metastatic lesion? The implications are significant. In 1993, McCain had a melanoma removed from his shoulder.

Now, I’m not a cancer surgeon, but I am a surgeon. In 2000, McCain had a return or recurrence of his cancer. If I’m not mistaken, metastatic melanoma can not be cured only treated. In my book, this would make him an extreme risk as a president.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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